Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says there are little positive his team could derive from the British Grand Prix after a lacklustre showing in the mixed conditions at Silverstone.
Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa started the race from sixth and 12th on the grid and were expecting a double points finish at a venue they finished on the podium last year.
But their plans were succumbed by an early shower, exposing the weakness of the FW38 in the wet. To add to their misery, Massa suffered from heavy tyre degradation, forcing him to make an extra pit stop.
Speaking after a race in which Williams failed to score a single point, Smedley said: “We just didn’t have the pace today. On top of that, Felipe ran out of tyres towards the end, so we had to pit and put on another set on which was a shame.”
“It was a race to forget really so I’m not going to dwell on it too much. The rain at the start made our decisions more difficult, but we made the correct calls, and didn’t do anything vastly different to anybody else, apart from our extra stop with Felipe,’’ he added.
Massa was equally disenchanted about how the race went, complaining how the Williams struggled for pace after the tyres had passed their prime.
“That was a disappointing race. We were trying to fight with so many cars throughout the whole race, but in the wet it was so tricky with oversteer,’’ the Brazilian said.
“We tried to keep pace and position, but our tyres were degrading a lot compared to other teams, causing us to drop position and finish outside of the points.”
“When the tyres were working the pace was OK, even with the medium tyre. But once that dropped it was tricky.”
Bottas, who started sixth on the road, spun while defending from Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and could never recover enough to finish in the top 10.
“Today was a disappointing day. I spun in the wet and lost position. The main problem going from the wet tyre to the dry tyre was not getting enough heat into them to make them work. In the slick stints the pace was poor.”
by Rachit Thukral